Headed Down Under? Try These Water Sports in Australia


Australia offers the opportunity to explore a variety of exciting water sports, including surfing, sailing, yachting and skiing. For those that are planning a trip Down Under, below you can find a comprehensive list of water sports in Australia you can indulge in:

1) Canoeing and kayaking

The Murray River is a fantastic canoeing and kayaking destination, with fierce rapids to accelerate your adventure, and float along the still waters as you take in the stunning surrounding natural landscapes. At the lower end of the Murray River there are no rapids, and if you are a beginner, then this is the perfect place to start. You could even pull your canoe onto the riverside and unwind as you set up a picnic and enjoy the view.

Starting deep within the Australian interior, Murray River is this nation’s longest river and flows into the ocean at Lake Alexandra. The river spans 2,508 kilometres, and is home to various species of fish, turtles, shrimp, water rats and platypus.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could take part in the Murray Marathon, which is the longest canoeing race worldwide, which takes part annually in December. The race is 404 kilometres long, and takes place over 5 days, spanning Yarrawonga to Swan Hill.

If you’d prefer to kayak, you can head to Mitta Mitta river, which rises below Mount Bogong, which is the highest mountain in the Victorian Alps. You can also white river raft down this river, and if you tire from these activities, you could always fish for some trout, of which the river is a good source.

2) Scuba diving and snorkelling

There are so many things to discover beneath the ocean, and there are tons of places to scuba dive in Australia, including:

The Great Barrier Reef

The most famous dive attraction in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,300 kilometres, and contains a variety of species, including whales, porpoises and dolphins. It’s a fantastic place to experience the wonders of the ocean and to connect with nature like never before.

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef provides you with the opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks and hundreds of colourful fish. This reef is practically untouched, spanning 260 kilometres, with crystal-clear tropical waters. The reef is home to over 500 species of tropical fish and over 200 species of coral.

3) Surfing

If you’re a beginner and are just starting to learn the ropes, Noosa Heads is the perfect place to be. You won’t be intimidated by the waves, and the area is rife with surfing schools. If you’re a pro and are looking for some challenging waves to ride, the Superbank, comprising of Greenmount, Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks.

Of course, the best place to surf would be the Gold Coast, which is informally known as Surfers Paradise.

4) Water-skiing and wakeboarding

You can water-ski and wakeboard on the rivers and coastline. There are a variety of popular locations on which to enjoy these activities, including Kalgan River, Busselton, Gantheaume Bay and Comet Bay.

5) Windsurfing

Margaret River is the perfect spot to windsurf in Australia. Surfers Point is a particular favourite, whilst Geraldton is known as the windsurfing capital.

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